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Farmer by genetics, Lawyer by training, currently "vacationing" in Iraq and advising the Iraqi government on border security issues. Before moving to Baghdad, I served in the White House as Deputy Counsel for the Homeland Security Council. I can be reached at opusxryanathotmaildotcom.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

I mean, seriously, what is the world coming to?

Protesters force Army recruiters off campus as part of Bush protest. I just don't get it. I know plenty of folks in the military who oppose President Bush, think our Iraq policy is flawed, etc (although obviously most are pro-Bush). I just can't understand how forcing an army recruiter from his space at a community college is a protest of President Bush.

As General MacArthur noted in his famous speech:

Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government; whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing, indulged in too long, by federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as thorough and complete as they should be. These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a ten-fold beacon in the night: Duty, Honor, Country.

Duty, Honor, Country. Is that what those folks in Seattle were protesting?